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Ligularia stenocephala 'The Rocket'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ligularia (lig-yoo-LAR-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: stenocephala (sten-oh-SEF-ah-luh) (Info)
Cultivar: The Rocket

5 vendors have this plant for sale.

30 members have or want this plant for trade.


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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6 positives
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No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive bonehead On Jul 26, 2010, bonehead from Cedarhome, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Fabulous plant, very dramatic. I have also had less slug problems with this cultivar than with Othello (for example). Didn't know about the seed not coming true, so guess I'll cut back my stalks I was pampering.

Positive gardenlady123 On May 11, 2009, gardenlady123 from Plainwell, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

love all ligularias and bought this on last year 2008. very dramatic!

Positive sanity101 On Mar 25, 2005, sanity101 from Dublin, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

put it in part sun by the driveway. Unfortunately, the sun it got was rather mid-day, and it wilted profusely. Flat on the ground. A trickle from the hose would perk it back up, but it never flowered and eventually died by autumn.

UPDATE: It has done incredibly this year in a different location with next to no light at all. The tall, bright yellow flowers are very striking in a dark corner of the yard. Highly recomended as a change of pace for *deep* shade. Be sure it gets water through.

Had a few aphids, but not problematic. Flowers tend to 'arch' towards the light and need staking to stay upright.

Positive vavsie On Dec 29, 2004, vavsie from Corfu, NY wrote:

I just put this plant in this past summer, and it's live it tropical exotic look. I have it with Hosta's, Spiderwort, Jacob's Ladder, Hardy Geranium and Toad Lily. The effect is Gorgeous (if I do say so myself *grin*). I am concerned about the prolific amount of parachute-wind spread seeds though as I have wildwetlands near.

Positive Weezingreens On Aug 12, 2002, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

'The Rocket' is a hybrid of L. stenocephala and L. przewalskii. Generally the large, serated leaves are heart-shaped. Some deep lobing may occur. The leaves are the focal point of this plant, though the blooms are a striking yellow against a shady background. The stems of 'The Rocket' are almost black, adding to its dramatic effect.

Positive lupinelover On May 6, 2002, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

The cultivar 'The Rocket' has triangular leaves, bigger than the species. Its flowers are in plumes, rather than daisy-like. The leaves are ruffled-edged, green on top with maroon undersides.

Plant quickly wilts in hot sun or if even slightly dry, but immediately perks back up under corrected conditions.

Slugs are much less a problem on this cultivar than the species.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Anchorage, Alaska
Fox, Alaska
Girdwood, Alaska
Juneau, Alaska
San Leandro, California
Atlanta, Georgia
Chicago, Illinois
Marshalltown, Iowa
South China, Maine
Lakeville, Massachusetts
Nantucket, Massachusetts
Reading, Massachusetts
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
East Tawas, Michigan
Plainwell, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Osmond, Nebraska
Munsonville, New Hampshire
Plainfield, New Jersey
Buffalo, New York
Carmel, New York
Corfu, New York
Hilton, New York
Ithaca, New York
Jefferson, New York
Lake Toxaway, North Carolina
Barberton, Ohio
Dublin, Ohio
Youngstown, Ohio
Portland, Oregon
Salem, Oregon
Beavertown, Pennsylvania
Dauphin, Pennsylvania
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Schwenksville, Pennsylvania
Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Crossville, Tennessee
Leesburg, Virginia
Bellevue, Washington
East Port Orchard, Washington
Kalama, Washington
Ridgefield, Washington
Seattle, Washington
Stanwood, Washington
Twisp, Washington
Franklin, Wisconsin
Wausau, Wisconsin

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